Ugandan police summon journalist over facebook post

September 7, 2016 OPINION/NEWS

By

Robert Ssewankambo

Police in the Moroto District of North Eastern Uganda summoned a freelance journalist, Teba Arukol, over a Facebook post about the Karamojong cultural leaders.

The journalist, who reported yesterday morning at Moroto Central Police Station, told press that the Criminal Intelligence Officer Moroto called ordering him to report to the station. But when he reported the officer was not there and when he called he did not pick his calls.

Another officer told Teba, while at the police station, that the reason they wanted him was about the statement he posted on his Facebook page on Sunday 29th August 2016 regarding the Karamoja cultural leaders who went to Kenya to attend the Turkana Cultural and Tourism event. The journalist recorded a statement and was released without charge. Police asked for photocopies of his passport and national identity card.

The District Police Commander Moroto, ASP Turyanyomwe Edison, told  journalists that the posted information tainted the images of the cultural leaders, adding that “he has recorded a statement and is going away.”

Teba posted on Karamoja Development Foundation Facebook page that Karamojong leaders rushed to attend a cultural function in Kenya after shunning their own activity that was organized in Karamoja. He alleged that the leaders were paid 50,000 Kenyan shillings by their host for honoring the invitation.

This comes after Sadat Waliggo, a Red Pepper correspondent in Lyantode District was charged with criminal defamation over a Facebook post that he made against the Resident District Commissioner Tugaragara Matojo Sulaiman. The case is before the Lyantonde Magistrates Court and is coming up for hearing on 30th September 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Robert Ssewankambo

Robert Ssewankambo is a Ugandan writer. Working currently on a freelance basis, he is a regular contributor to major newspapers in Uganda and electronic online magazines and media sources in Africa, such as the Bukedde newspaper, Hindered radio, Red Pepper, Eddobozzi newspaper and African Interest online.

For media enquiries, contact Robert at the following email address: sewankamborobert@gmail.com

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